The beginning of the end of the Dave Wannstedt era at Pitt may have taken place this afternoon at Heinz Field as Mid-American Conference opponent Bowling Green upset No. 25 Pitt, 27-17, before a crowd of 45,063.
Pitt (0-1) led 14-0 early but the Falcons scored two unanswered touchdowns to tie the game. The Panthers then took a 17-14 lead as time expired in the first half on a 36-yard field goal by Conor Lee.
But the Falcons drove 59 yards on nine plays and scored on an 8-yard run by Anthony Turner midway through the third quarter to take a 20-17 lead (Greg Romeus blocked the extra point attempt) and that is how the quarter ended.
The Falcons (1-0) then put the game away midway through the fourth quarter with an 11-yard touchdown run by Tyler Sheehan.
Wannstedt is in his fourth season and has yet to produce a winning season and now has an overall record of 16-20 -- 13-20 versus Division I-A competition -- and he is under pressure to produce a winning season and get to a bowl game this year.